When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O’Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.
One thing that really annoyed me about this book was that I couldn’t figure out how old Rourke is. It was never mentioned how old he was at any point in the book so I couldn’t figure out if he was less than or more than ten years older than Elizabeth. It was only a minor detail but one that annoyed me. I also found the ending to be a rather quick turnaround without much to imply the change in character.
Despite these annoyances, I enjoyed the novel and wondered how Rourke and Elizabeth’s story would play out. I could relate to Elizabeth’s desire to please her father, although the time period is much different than the one I live in today.